BC Ferries has announced it wants to upgrade five major terminals and has submitted a ‘Major Terminal Efficiency’ (MTE) application to the BC Ferries Commissioner for approval.
The upgrades would completely overhaul the current ferry terminal experience by automating as many check-in processes as possible, such as:
- Introducing license plate recognition devices that would streamline vehicle check-ins;
- Weigh-in-motion devices that can quickly measure the size of vehicles, eliminating the current manual process of measuring;
- Create new ticketing kiosks for foot passengers, and eliminate the need to ‘check-in’ for those that have reserved in advance.
These are just a few of the proposed suggestions that the company says will make for a more “frictionless” trip for future travellers.
BC Ferries says there are multiple reasons why the upgrades are necessary, such as a return to pre-pandemic levels of travellers and many systems that, in their current state, are outdated and pose a high risk of failure.
The five major terminals that will fall under the MTE project are:
- Duke Point
- Horseshoe Bay
- Departure Bay
- Swartz Bay
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 07 June 2023 - 04:57 PM.